Day 53 (Fri, Oct 3, 2014)

Lepers Cleansed

41 total verses: Luke 17:11-37; 18:1-14

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

211 and 212. Ten lepers are cleansed in Luke 17:11-19
213. Pharisees ask about the Kingdom in Luke 17:20-21
214. Jesus warns disciples about the future in Luke 17:22-37
215. Parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18:1-8
216. Parable of the Pharisee and tax collector in Luke 18:9-14

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Luke 17:11-19. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, traveling between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers met him, asking to be healed. He told them to go and show themselves to the priests, and as they went, they were healed. When that happened, one turned back to thank Jesus. And Jesus marveled that the one who turned was a Samaritan. He concluded with telling him that his faith had made him well.

Luke 17:20-21. The Pharisees wanted to know when the kingdom of God was going to come, but Jesus told them that the coming of the kingdom could not be seen, because it was in the midst of them, or possibly translated “within you”, or even “within your grasp”.

Luke 17:22-37. Jesus is warning his disciples about a time after Jesus’ death, and this time will come on most if not all people unexpectedly. It suggests there will be a time not to look to preserve things, but perhaps it suggests fleeing.

Luke 18:1-8. Jesus speaks a parable about an unjust judge that tells himself to give a widow what she wants, because she is so persistent in bugging him that it is wearing him down. Jesus compares this to praying to God, saying that God will also give what we ask for if we are persistent. In fact, he suggests that it is persistence in prayer that is the true sign of faith, and one he wonders whether many people have.

Luke 18:9-14. Jesus spoke of two who went up to the temple to pray — a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee spoke to God about how good he was, and the tax collector about how he needed God’s mercy. And it was the tax collector that received from God.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I like Luke 18:7-8, “‘Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night…? Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” I like how this points to what Jesus considers true faith: praying and not giving up until you receive. And I like how he openly acknowledges that very few will do this. This is like a challenge to me to pray and ask. But I also find that it is so easy to get distracted that despite seeming very easy to do, I don’t do it often or well.

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